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Posted at 9:39 PM 06 April 2012
Magic is an art, as capable of beauty as music, painting or poetry. But the core of every trick is a cold, cognitive experiment in perception: Does the trick fool the audience? A magician’s data sample spans centuries, and his experiments have been replicated often enough to constitute near-certainty. Neuroscientists—well intentioned as they are—are gathering soil samples from the foot of a mountain that magicians have mapped and mined for centuries. MRI machines are awesome, but if you want to learn the psychology of magic, you’re better off with Cub Scouts and hard candy.
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Posted at 2:09 PM 04 March 2012
…the changing nature of media – newspapers are now less about relating THE story and more about acting as a platform for multiple strands around a topic to be explored by multiple participants, including the readers themselves, in real time…
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Posted at 2:16 PM 01 March 2012
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A somewhat different take on the thing we reblogged earlier, but it shows two very interesting things: First, Tumblr and Pinterest are timesucks in equal measure, and second, nobody’s actually hanging around Google+ once they sign up. The latter is the subject of this super-interesting Wall Street Journal piece. (EDIT: A good point: Don’t take that Twitter number at face value, as this graphic skips two key elements of the Twitter experience — mobile and third-party apps.)

shortformblog:

A somewhat different take on the thing we reblogged earlier, but it shows two very interesting things: First, Tumblr and Pinterest are timesucks in equal measure, and second, nobody’s actually hanging around Google+ once they sign up. The latter is the subject of this super-interesting Wall Street Journal piece. (EDIT: A good point: Don’t take that Twitter number at face value, as this graphic skips two key elements of the Twitter experience — mobile and third-party apps.)

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Posted at 9:47 AM 28 February 2012

Urbanus - Mieleke Melleke Mol (by UrbanusVEVO)

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Posted at 2:45 PM 26 February 2012
Depressed Polar Bear c/o the Terrible Taxidermy tumblr

Depressed Polar Bear c/o the Terrible Taxidermy tumblr

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Posted at 9:28 PM 20 February 2012

10 O’Clock Live - Charlie Brooker’s Sun Poem (by EricDeeping)

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Posted at 9:24 AM 16 February 2012
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Posted at 10:35 PM 26 January 2012
My problem is that the audience is more fiction-literate than ever. In Shakespeare’s day, you probably expected to see a play once or twice in your life; today you experience four or five different kinds of fiction every day. So staying ahead of the audience is impossible.
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Posted at 10:22 PM 22 January 2012
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Posted at 9:35 PM 13 January 2012